The Crucible And The Scarlet Letter Essay

1027 Words Dec 6th, 2015 5 Pages
In the play “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller and “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne there are many common themes expressed. The Crucible takes place in Salem, Massachusetts in a colonial Puritan society. It shows the hysteria that took place in 1692 that ultimately led to the Salem Witch Trials. Similarly, the Scarlet letter also takes place in a Puritan society. It tells the story of a young woman who committed the sin of adultery but learns to cope with punishments. Throughout the stories there are many themes and lessons to be learned. The common themes expressed in both The Crucible and The Scarlet include, reputation, the power of good versus evil, and sin and how it is one one the main focuses of each story. Initially, reputation is a major theme expressed throughout The Crucible and The Scarlet Letter. The main protagonist of the Crucible, John Proctor contributes to this theme. Proctor felt both an internal and external conflict involving his reputation. Proctor was determined to clear his name and protect his reputation among the community. However, to do this he had to confess to his sin of adultery to protect himself from the false accusations of witchcraft. Similarly, Abigail Williams, the main antagonist is consumed with having a good reputation (Price 40). When she is caught dancing in the woods with the slave Tituba suspicion arises. When confronted with this she lies to maintain her good name in the community. Ultimately, both characters meet their…

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